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Louise Bethlehem

Principal Investigator

Louise Bethlehem lectures in English and in the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

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She graduated with a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1984, as the top graduate in the Faculty of Arts. She then proceeded to obtain her M.A. (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. (with distinction) from The Program in Comparative Literature and Poetics at Tel Aviv University. She held a Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998-1999), and is currently a fellow of the Africa Unit of The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace there. Louise Bethlehem has described herself as a “long-distance South African” in the poet Denis Hirson’s phrase. She maintains an active research presence in South Africa, where she has had a long association with WISER: The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. She participated in the 2010 session of the Johannesburg Workshop in Criticism and Theory, speaking in a studio session and contributing a blog entry. Bethlehem has also been featured in the JWTC’s online journal, The Johannesburg Salon, alongside leading postcolonial scholars, including Jean Comaroff and Achilles Mbembe. In Israel, she was a member of the original group of scholars who successfully instituted the Inter-University Program in African Studies, presently running between three Israeli universities. 

In December 2013, Louise Bethlehem was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grant for a five-year project entitled “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.” 

 

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Roni Mikel Arieli

PhD Researcher

Roni Mikel Arieli is a PhD candidate at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is writing her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Louise Bethlehem and Dr. Amos Goldberg on Holocaust memory in South Africa under apartheid and after the transition to democracy. 

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She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Politics and Government from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her MA thesis focused on the political mobilization of Holocaust memory within the struggle of African asylum seekers for recognition in Israel during the 2000s. In addition to her status as a PhD Fellow in APARTHEID-STOPS, she is a member of the 2014 cohort of the Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship program.

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Shimrit Baer

MA Researcher

Shimrit Baer, a student in the Program in Cultural Studies, submitted her thesis based on her work as an MA researcher in “APARTHEID-STOPS” in December 2015.

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The thesis is entitled: "Resistance in Circulation: Zionist and Anti-Zionist Mobilizations of 'Apartheid' as Trope and Mode of Reference, 1948 -1980." 

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Samuel Barnai

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Samuel Barnai is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of European Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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He is a post-doctoral research fellow both in the ERC project “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary” and in a project funded by the GIF (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development).He specializes in large-scale studies of historical, socio-demographic, and cultural developments among East European Jewry and has published widely on this topic. Dr. Barnai is applying his expertise in Soviet and East European studies to charting the presence of anti-apartheid exiles there alongside the diffusion of anti-apartheid expressive culture.

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Tiferet Bassel

MA Researcher

Tiferet Bassel was born to American immigrants to Israel. She was raised in Jerusalem and currently resides in the city of Jaffa. She is a graduate student in the program of Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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In 2013, Tiferet Bassel earned a BA in Eastern Asian and Interdisciplinary studies from Tel Aviv University. Her research interests pivot on conflicting narratives of world history, particularly with regard to forms of colonialism, as well as the profound repercussions of these narratives at the levels of consciousness and material influence. As an MA researcher on the team of APARTHEID-STOPS, she is engaged with the circulation of texts of expressive culture between apartheid South Africa and India.

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Noa Ben-Sadia

MA Researcher

Noa Ben-Sadia is a graduate student of Ethnomusicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a music teacher and a musician (singer-songwriter). 

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Her research in recent years has focused on African-American music from historiographic, cultural and musicological perspectives with a focus on voice and gender. She is currently writing her thesis under the supervision of Professor Ruth Hacohen and Dr. Louise Bethlehem on the solo and choral performance of Negro spirituals in socialist Israel of the 1950's, in the wake of the vocal aesthetics and political ideas of the African-American singer, actor and activist, Paul Robeson. These interests form the basis of her contribution to APARTHEID-STOPS. 
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Dr. Karin Berkman

Karin Berkman was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1986. She completed her Masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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She has recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the poetics of memory in the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the English department at the Hebrew University and will take up a position as a post- doctoral researcher in the Apartheid Stops project. She will be researching the notion of exile in the poetry of five South African poets; Dennis Brutus, Keroapetse Kgotsitsile, Mazisi Kunene, Mongane Serote, Arthur Nortje and Breyten Breytenbach.

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Noa Erez

MA Researcher

Noa Erez, born and raised in Jerusalem, is currently an MA student and teaching assistant in the Department of English at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also serves as an associate editor for the literary journal Partial Answers

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Her research in the framework of APARTHEID_STOPS focusses on the writings of Peter Abrahams, with particular attention to the construction of masculinity within his novels and autobiographies. Other fields of interest include critical theory, gender studies and contemporary American literature.

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Cynthia Gabbay

Research Associate

Dr. Cynthia Gabbay holds a PhD (2012) in Romanic and Latin American Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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 Her book Los ríos metafísicos de Julio Cortázar: de la lírica al diálogo  was published in 2015. A manuscript on StreetArt in Buenos Aires: Symbols of a Revolution, resulting from a fellowship from The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is in preparation.  Currently, she is an Associate Researcher of APARTHEID-STOPS where she is examining the circulation of Anti-Apartheid discourses in revolutionary Cuba. Additionally, she is a member of the "Daat HaMakom" program and a researcher of converso Latino-American colonial literature at the Elyachar Center at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev." src="/profiles/openscholar/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

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Rotem Giladi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Rotem Giladi held a postdoctoral position in APARTHEID-STOPS in 2014-2015. He currently holds the position of Lecturer in International Law and researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. 

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His research focuses on the history of international law, with a particular focus on the history, culture and ideology of the laws of war (international humanitarian law), human rights, international courts and other institutions. In addition, he is working on the political and ideological aspects of Jewish engagement with international law in the 19th and 20th Centuries, as well as on a critical historical appraisal of race in international law in the era of decolonization. 

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Yair Hashachar

PhD Researcher

Yair Hashachar is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University and a BA in Psychology and in Amirim – the Humanities-based interdisciplinary honors program. 

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He has received various prizes and grants, including the Gina Shapira award in Cultural Studies and the Vital-Capital scholarship. Yair Hashachar completed his MA thesis in the framework of APARTHEID-STOPS, entitled “Miriam Makeba in Guinea—Deterritorializing History through Music.” As an PhD researcher, he is currently investigating the itineraries of South African jazz musicians, particularly in the context of African decolonization and pan-Africanism. His doctoral research deals with contemporary forms of "musical pan-Africanism" and their relation to earlier forms of pan-African cultural formations. Yair is also a musician specializing in jazz and West African music.

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Ron Levi

PhD Researcher

Ron Levi is a PhD candidate in the Program in Cultural Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he is writing his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Edwin Seroussi. 

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He holds an MA degree in Sociology and Political Science from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His dissertation discusses the politics of contemporary Israeli Indie music in relation to network society. His research interests focus on music and contemporary culture through the construction of sounds and their interrelations with musical diplomacy and cultural mediation, a field of expertise which he brings to bear on his work as a doctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS.

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Ayala Levin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Ayala Levin, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is an architectural historian specializing in twentieth century architecture and urbanism.

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She was awarded a PhD from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, for a dissertation critically examining Israeli development aid in the fields of architecture and construction in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia from 1958 to 1973. Her current research explores how the apartheid experience informed the work of prominent South African architects who established themselves in key professional and academic positions in the US, Israel, and England. Levin has received various grants and fellowships, including Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. Before joining the project, Levin taught at Columbia University and Pratt Institute in New York, and co-chaired a group project for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

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Norma Musih

PhD Researcher

Norma Musih is a PhD candidate in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University writing her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. John Louis Lucaites.

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In her research, she traces a link between imagination and images in order to challenge the national imaginary through a close analysis of aerial, historical and activists photographs in Israel/Palestine. Her research is informed by her curatorial experience and activist engagement.

Norma holds a B.F.A from Bezalel Academy of Arts and an M.A (Magna Cum Laude) form the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her thesis: “Angels in the Skies of Manshiye: On Three Practices of Ruination: A Visual Genealogy,” was written under the supervision of Dr. Louise Bethlehem.

Norma published her work in English and Hebrew, and presented in national and international conferences. Her research have been generously funded by Indiana University and the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, Villanova University.

 For a full list of presentations and publications see: http://indiana.academia.edu/NormaMusih

 

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Anton Povzner

MA Researcher

Anton Povzner was born in a rural area of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine and immigrated to Israel at the age of 10. He holds a BA in English Literature jointly with Amirim – the Humanities-based interdisciplinary honors program.

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He graduated with distinction in 2013 and is currently finishing his MA in English Literature investigating notions of self in early American novels. As an MA fellow in APARTHEID-STOPS he worked on the Soviet region, tracking the circulation of South African expressive culture and engaging with the legacies of Russian Formalism at the level of methodology. In particular, Anton Povzner traced the Soviet adaptations of Peter Abrahams’s The Path of Thunder, particularly in ballet form.

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Maya Roudner

Administrative Director

Maya Roudner is the Administrative Director and Research Budget Coordinator of APARTHEID-STOPS. 

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She holds a BA in Theater and Geography (1997-1999) and an MA in Urban Planning (2001-2003) both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds a teaching certificate from the Israeli Ministry of Education in early childhood education. Maya Roudner comes to the project with an extensive background in NGOs and civil society initiatives in Israel. She is also the Administers Director and Research Budget Coordinator of the Center for Moral and Political Philosophy.

 

 

 

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Daniel Salem

PhD Researcher

Daniel Salem is a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is writing his dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Louise Bethlehem and Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky on the influence of exile on pan-African thought among African American and South African political dissidents during the Cold War. 

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He holds BA and MA degrees in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His MA thesis analyses episodes of religious violence that took place in the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity. As a researcher on the APARTHEID-STOPS team he is currently engaged with the pan-Africanists Stokely Carmichael and Kwame Nkrumah and their role in the anti-apartheid movement.    

He holds BA and MA degrees in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His MA thesis analyses episodes of religious violence that took place in the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity. As a researcher on the APARTHEID-STOPS team he is currently engaged with the pan-Africanists Stokely Carmichael and Kwame Nkrumah and their role in the anti-apartheid movement.    

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Dr. Tal Sela

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tal Sela is a specialist in African francophone literature. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Strasbourg in co-direction with the University of Tel Aviv.

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His thesis focused on “The African Francophone Novel at the Era of Independences (1950-1960). The Construction of a New Ethos of Author” (thesis defended on September 2017). Since October 2017, Tal Sela is a member of the group “Apartheid – The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he conducts a post-doctoral research.  

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Nitzan Tal

MA Researcher

Nitzan Tal was born in Israel, holds a BA in Comparative Literature jointly with Amirim – the Humanities-based interdisciplinary honors program.

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She graduated with distinction in 2013 and is currently finishing her MA in Comparative Literature, studying empathy as a mode of writing and reading violence. As an MA fellow in APARTHEID-STOPS she worked on the reception of Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, in the American academy between 1947-1960 and in Israel between 1951-1954, paying special attention to the ways in which the novel animated notions of liberalism, religion and ethnicity in these two contexts. 

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Tal Zalmanovich

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Tal Zalmanovich, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is a historian of Modern Britain with expertise in media and technology in the post-1945 era.

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She was awarded a PhD from Rutgers University in 2013. Her current research in the framework of the project examines how the lives and activism of exiled South African political dissidents as well as of British anti-apartheid activists circulated within British culture and impacted on race relations in Britain in the second half of the 20th century. A second project looks into the rhetorical and political function of narratives of interracial love published during the apartheid and post-apartheid era. Prior to her academic career she was a journalist and is now a podcast host at the New Books Network.  

 

 

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Ayelet Zewi

Archivist

She resides in Jerusalem where she is a graduate student in the Program in Cultural Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. .

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Her fields of research center on modern and contemporary Hebrew literature, with an emphasis on representations of impossible romantic relationships between members of different social groups. Ayelet Zewi was born in Kiryat Tivon, near Haifa, and holds a BA in Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies from Haifa University (2014)

 

 

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